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Solomon Picart, 37

Solomon Picart, a 37-year-old black man, was fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the 6400 block of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 2 p.m., a bicyclist was stabbed along the north side of Sunset Boulevard near Ivar Avenue, said LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado, a spokesman for the department.

The assailant ran along Sunset Boulevard and tried to get into a coffee shop, but employees held the door shut, Preciado said.

The man, later identified as Picart, then walked into the Jack in the Box on Sunset.

He stabbed a second person, Preciado said. As the second victim ran away, police officers rushed inside. Picart then knifed a third person.

Video posted on social media from inside the restaurant shows a person calling for a makeshift tourniquet for a victim, who is seen sitting in a chair with a pool of blood on the floor. 

Moans can be heard in the video and as an officer reports “shots fired” another can be seen kneeling over a person face-down on the ground, holding the person’s arm.

The attacker was shot an unknown number of times. Preciado said police also attempted to use a Taser.

The attack unfolded on a popular corridor of Sunset Boulevard near the ArcLight Cinemas, Amoeba Music and the Los Angeles offices of CNN.

Korvyn Gomez, 27, said he was leaving the nearby Los Angeles Film School when he saw a man near the restaurant’s door — carrying a bloody butcher knife.

Gomez ran across the street, where a police car was waiting to make a turn. He told the officers in the vehicle what he saw.

Soon after, he said, a man with what appeared to be stab wounds to the rib cage emerged from the restaurant, yelling: “He stabbed me! He stabbed me!”

Gomez said he then heard two or three gunshots, which he assumed were fired by police.

Other witnesses said they desperately called police during the incident while trying to tend to the injured.

"As I was calling 911, cops were just swarming and coming out of nowhere," witness Rabisia Cook-Roberts told KABC-TV. "I just made sure that guy who got stabbed was OK."

Terrell Bradford told KNBC-TV he was riding his bike when the attacker tried to stab him.

"I told him to back away as he tried to come after me," he told the station.

Bradford said he was able to get away, but the attacker then stabbed a friend in the arm.

Roger Robertson, 53, lives in Hollywood and walks to the Los Angeles Film School, where he is a student, three days a week.

Robertson described the nearby Jack in the Box as having a “bad atmosphere” where many transients hang out and ask passing tourists for money, sometimes leading to confrontations.

“It gets bad,” Robertson told The Times.

Robertson said he once saw a patron jump over the restaurant’s counter and attack an employee. “It’s worst at night,” he said, adding that the fast-food restaurant is open 24 hours and is sometimes staffed by a security guard.

City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, whose 13th district includes Hollywood and East Hollywood, commended LAPD officers for their swift response to the stabbings.

“It saved lives,” O’Farrell said at a news conference that night.

Investigators were unsure if the assailant knew the victims or if they were otherwise connected, police said.

For the inquiry into the shooting, authorities were planning to review surveillance video.

Preciado said there was no footage from body-worn cameras.

All three victims were taken to hospitals with stab wounds and are expected to survive.

Contact the Homicide Report, and follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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